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Microsoft: Windows 10, it's on us

Gregg Keizer | Jan. 23, 2015
Pulls the free upgrade trigger, will give away new OS to Windows 7 and 8.1 customers.

Other unanswered questions revolved around exactly what form the free Windows 10 upgrade will take, as in what version will be handed over sans charge. Microsoft has always built and sold a sometimes dizzying array of versions -- Windows 8.1 has three, ranging from the entry-level Windows 8.1 to the middling Windows 8.1 Pro to the corporate Windows 8.1 Enterprise -- and there's no reason to think that won't continue.

Microsoft hinted as much yesterday. In a footnote to a blog posted by Myerson on Wednesday, Microsoft plainly stated, "Some editions excluded," about the free upgrade deal.

The free upgrade may well be a less-capable version of Windows 10, analogous to Windows 8.1, that omits domain joining and other enterprise-grade features found only in the Enterprise and Pro versions. That would let it continue to charge customers who need those business tools, perhaps for a bump-up fee like Windows 7's Anytime Upgrade for ones and twos, or through agreements for larger volumes.

Customers can register an email address with Microsoft to receive more information about the upgrade offer and when it's available on the firm's website.


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